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Chile’s Kiwifruit saw the highest prices in five years this season

Chilean kiwifruit was having a golden moment a few years ago, until the arrival in the country of what is known as the kiwazo – an explosive rise in the number of orchards. This led to a sharp rise in export volumes, which in turn impacted prices, making the business less profitable. This year, however, Chilean kiwifruit fetched the highest prices in five years in the U.S. market. This is largely due to a 15% drop in export volumes (and a 17% drop in shipments to the U.S.). The lower supplies…

Bloomberg analysis: “Chile seeks to emerge from its crisis but is paying a very high price”

“It is at stake not only for social peace but also for the reputation of Chile’s fiscal prudence that has earned it the highest sovereign debt rating in Latin America,” the agency says. Chile bets on its status as a model example in favor of the market as the government rules out plans to reduce debt in favor of at least $1.5 billion per year in additional social expenses to appease the protesters. In the midst of violent demonstrations that reach a second month, officials are now planning…

Why did GTSA develop the vendeRAPIDO® selling process for selling real estate in South America?

There are two reasons. To speed up the selling time and maximise the properties value  Current Market Realities South American real estate markets are in the main lightly regulated and highly informal. What this means for vendors is they are at a strong disadvantage when they come to selling a property within a reasonable time frame.  Traditional times of sale are measured in months and years.   Consequently, transaction costs are among the highest in the world.  With the globalization…

Piñera says the Chile protests involved foreign intervention

The Chilean President said that he has received information from the U.S. State Department. suggesting that behind the violence there is more at play than “habitual criminals” Chile’s president Sebastián Piñera said his government is investigating foreign intervention in last month’s violent protests in one of the most prosperous countries in the region. “There’s a lot evidence that behind this situation there are forces that previously they did not know were…

Piñera Surrenders, Will Accept New Chile Constitution

A new constitution is not only the beginning of the end for Piñera’s center-right government, but it is also the end of Chile as we know it While the socialist Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia, the Chilean government, through its Home Affairs Minister, announced that the process of creating a “constituent congress” had begun. In other words, politicians in the Chilean Congress have to draft a new constitution that is in line with current times and generate the “social…

Chile’s Success Story Is Difficult to Deny

Weeks after a 3.75% rise in metro fares in Santiago, Chile sparked violent protests by a small group of students that then generated more widespread disruption, mostly peaceful mass protests continue. Some observers have seized on the political crisis to make often-repeated claims that Chile’s free-market model has generated growing inequality and been fundamentally unjust despite having produced greater wealth. Yet such claims are difficult to square with the facts. Since its free-market reforms began…

Chile – Brutal Tax proposals impacting multinational entities

On 8 November 2019, the Chilean government reached an agreement with the Senate’s Finance Commission to strengthen the government’s social agenda. The three principles of such agreement are:1. To increase tax revenues to fund the Government’s social agenda. 2. To assist the aged population 3. To support SMEs from a tax perspective.  This agreement will probably also result in amendments to the original Tax Modernisation Bill submitted by the Government months ago, while other…

Myths and Truths of Inequality in Chile: To What Extent this explains the outbursts shaking this advanced country

The profound differences between the upper tiers and the rest of the population are presented as the unique cause of the phenomenal crisis that the country has been experiencing for the past three weeks. However, the statistics show a contradictory reality, which does not stand up to simplistic explanations. After the deep economic reforms implemented during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and since deepened since the return of democracy in 1990, Chile became a paradigm. For free-market advocates, it…

Chile created five national parks over 10 million acres in a historic act of conservation

Chile created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by the US philanthropists Doug Tompkins and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and the largest donation of private land to the government in South America. The five parks, spanning 10.3m acres, were signed into law by Chile’s ex-president Michelle Bachelet in 2017, launching a new 17-park route that stretches down the southern spine of Chile to Cape Horn. McDivitt…

Don’t Slay the Chilean Puma

A rewrite of the constitution would destroy the opportunity for the poor. When Chilean President Sebastián Piñera cancelled plans to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Santiago this month, he called it “a difficult decision that has caused us a lot of pain.” The pain for Latin America’s most successful economy is only beginning. Negotiations with terrorists and their political representatives seldom end well. Yet that’s what Mr Piñera seems to have…

Chiles stunning wealth, but poor services behind massive protests

The decision to add 30 pesos to the cost of a ticket on Latin America’s most modern public transportation system this month drew little attention inside or outside Chile, at first. People quietly fumed. A week later, high-school students launched four days of turnstile-jumping protests. Crowds of angry youths built up inside metro stations. It’s not about a 4-cent hike in subway prices With no warning, on the afternoon of Oct. 18, they set fire to stations, then trains. Then grocery, department…

Santiago is the 5th richest city in Latin America

Consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers recently ranked the richest cities in the world by measuring economic output and consumer buying power. Santiago ranked 53rd overall, but 5th among other cities in Latin America, after Mexico, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The survey ranked 151 major cities by dividing the city GDP by the purchasing power of each resident. Tokyo and New York took the top two positions by a high margin: according the report, Tokyo is worth US$1.2 billion and New York US$1.1…

Legal Representatives in Chile

For a person to qualify to be a legal representative of a company in Chile under Chilean law, the person must be an adult over 18 years of age and a permanent resident or citizen of Chile. They do not need to be an attorney, accountant, or even a partner / shareholder in the company; however, they may be such a person. They can simply be an employee of the company or volunteer third-party. Foreigners can not act as legal representatives of a company even if they own a majority of the company, until they have…

LATAM Agribusiness Environment Overview 2019

Latin America is a key provider of agricultural, mineral, and other natural products to the rest of the world. Its diverse geographic landscapes and rich ecosystems, experienced local workforces and government agendas for sustainable development support one of the world’s most competitive regions for agribusiness. As the region’s political and economic stability increases, major consumer markets reach out to these countries to score preferential trade agreements and closer international cooperation…

Argentine and Brazil agribusiness have an “ecological surplus”

Economist Nicolás Torre, from the IERAL Institute of the Mediterranean Foundation, published an extensive thread on the social network Twitter, highlighting that both Argentina and Brazil have a positive “ecological footprint”. That is, they have more natural resources available than those they consume annually to survive. Torre’s report came in response to accusations against South America in recent weeks. First by The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, when he said that Brazil…
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